Member Blogs Archive > September 2015

  • from Gothica Books

    Author's Ridge in Sleepy Hollow Cemetery: Where Thoreau and Emerson Are Buried

    Wed, 30 Sep 2015 11:47:17 Permalink
    Nestled within the lovely expanse of Sleepy Hollow Cemetery in Concord, Massachusetts, is a little plot that is full of the graves of a staggering number of famous authors. Source: Author’s Ridge in Sleepy Hollow Cemetery: Where Thoreau and Emerson Are Buried Read More
  • from Gothica Books

    Lives of the Necromancers: William Godwin's Misunderstood Treatise Against Magic and the Supernatural | The Gothic Wanderer

    Wed, 30 Sep 2015 10:05:27 Permalink
    Source: Lives of the Necromancers: William Godwin’s Misunderstood Treatise Against Magic and the Supernatural | The Gothic Wanderer Read More
  • from Gothica Books

    CFP: 'Temporal Discombobulations: Time and the Experience of the Gothic' | Open Graves, Open Minds

    Wed, 30 Sep 2015 10:05:08 Permalink
    Source: CFP: ‘Temporal Discombobulations: Time and the Experience of the Gothic’ | Open Graves, Open Minds Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    Everything She Forgot by Lisa Ballantyne

    Wed, 30 Sep 2015 10:00:00 Permalink
    She loves her father, has a good marriage and two children and has a good job.  But after she's in a deadly accident, she's not feeling comfortable any more.  It's like something has disrupted her life, but she doesn't know what.William Morrow and Edelweiss let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published October 6th.Margaret is trapped in her car and unable to get out.  Then it catches on fire.  When she's about resigned herself to death, a stranger comes up and tries to open it, unsuccessfully.  Finally he uses his fist and breaks the side Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    Buffalo Trail: A Novel of the American West by Jeff Guinn

    Wed, 30 Sep 2015 09:00:00 Permalink
    Cash is on the run.  He stole some money from his former father-in-law (his wife committed suicide) and has headed out to make a new start.  Having a killer after him trying to recover the money makes him move faster.  He just wants to start over...G P Putnam and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published October 6th.  Cash falls in with some buffalo hunters.  They prefer to be called hide men.  What they really are is killers who wasted the buffalo.  All they wanted was the hide; they let the rest rot.  Read More
  • from Books Tell You Why

    A Brief History of the Printing Press, Part II: Toward a Modern Press

    Wed, 30 Sep 2015 08:00:00 Permalink
    In part one of our history of the printing press, we reviewed the early days of the printing press, from Gutenberg’s original press to Clymer’s wildly successful Columbian press. Today, we will take a look at the last widely distributed hand press and the move onto the cylindrical press. These presses set the stage, and naturally lead us to the fully automated offset printing presses that power the massive publishing houses of today. Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    Free Country: A Tale of The Children's Crusade by Neil Gaiman

    Tue, 29 Sep 2015 10:00:00 Permalink
    I remember reading about the Pied Piper.  He agrees to rid the village of their rats for so many coins.  Once he's done it, they reneg on the deal, telling him they don't have that much money.  So he takes their children.  The version I read said they went into the side of a mountain and never returned.  This book has a slightly different version of the tale.Vertigo and Edelweiss allowed me to read this graphic novel for review (thank you).  It is being published today, so you grab a copy now.Neil does the introduction the story and tells you Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    Swords and Scoundrels (Duelist's Trilogy #1) by Julia Knight

    Tue, 29 Sep 2015 09:00:00 Permalink
    She and her brother were duelists and very good at what they did.  When he kills a priest he was meant to guard, they are suddenly on the run.  They have to leave the city they grew up in and they can't hire out as duelists anymore.  So they turn into highway men...Orbit and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published October 6th.This is a new series with sword play, politics, sorcerers and more.  There are two different political factions vying for power.  The leader of Duelists Guild is playing Read More
  • from Books Tell You Why

    Five Interesting Facts About Elizabeth Gaskell

    Tue, 29 Sep 2015 08:00:00 Permalink
    Elizabeth Gaskell was a woman ahead of her time. Her writing won the admiration of people like Charles Dickens, Charlotte Brontë, Charles Eliot Norton, and Harriet Beecher Stowe, among others. Like modern professionals, Gaskell and her husband often lived separate lives in order to accommodate their own vocations. However, both were supportive and involved in the other's career. At the time of her death in 1865, the literary magazine The Athenaeum described her as, "if not the most popular, with small question, the most powerful and finished novelist of an epoch singularly rich in female novelists." Here are five interesting Read More
  • from ten pound island book company

    Gaugin's Model

    Mon, 28 Sep 2015 11:21:08 Permalink
    Today’s entry has to do with the way Tahiti looked to Gaugin, but it is also about colleagues, and buying things, and about surprises – about whether or not they can be surprises if we expect them. Last week at the Brooklyn Book Fair my cellphone went off. It was colleague John Thomson calling me […]The post Gaugin’s Model appeared first on Ten Pound Island Book Company. Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    We'll Never Be Apart by Emiko Jean

    Mon, 28 Sep 2015 10:00:00 Permalink
    Alice is in a mental facility.  She can't remember the incident that landed her there.  She knows she should but it's like her mind is protecting her.  The doctor tells her until she can open up and deal with the issues, she'll stay there.  She doesn't participate in much and won't talk about it.  She's afraid to.HMH Books for Young Readers and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published October 6th and you grab a copy then.Mental health is a fragile thing.  Alice and her twin found their grandfather dead at Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    A Tale of Highly Unusual Magic by Lisa Papademetriou

    Mon, 28 Sep 2015 09:00:00 Permalink
    Kai is living with her great aunt in Georgia while her mother looks for work.  It's boring and weird so she decides to look for a book in the library.  Anything to keep her occupied.  She finds one named The Exquisite Corpse and decides a murder mystery might work.  But when she opens the book, it only says it's the property of some boy.  There's nothing more written.  Kai is irritated, so she adds a line below his name and shuts the book.  The next time she opens it, there's more written...HarperCollins and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read Read More
  • from Books Tell You Why

    Behind the Scenes: The Making of Doctor Zhivago

    Mon, 28 Sep 2015 08:00:00 Permalink
    It wasn’t easy for David Lean to bring Boris Pasternak’s twentieth-century epic Doctor Zhivago (1965) to the silver screen. Despite the fact that Lean had already won critical acclaim with previous films like The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957) and Lawrence of Arabia (1962), Lean’s adaptation of the sweeping Russian novel came with difficulties and triumphs. For starters, the movie cost $11 million and took three years to make — no small amount of money or length of time for a cinematic feature in 1965. In an early issue of Life Magazine from 1966, a reviewer described Lean’s film Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    Edgewater by Courtney Sheinmel

    Sun, 27 Sep 2015 10:00:00 Permalink
    Lorrie has always had lots of money to spend on clothes, a horse and horse training, a private school and more.  Then comes the day when the horse barn informs her she's going to have to leave and take her horse with her because her fees haven't been paid.  She tries to call her aunt and remind her about the payment but she won't answer her phone.  Her only recourse is to head home.Amulet Books sent me an ARC of this book for review (thank you).  It has been published, so you can find a copy now at your local Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    Chicago Noir edited by Joe Meno

    Sun, 27 Sep 2015 09:00:00 Permalink
    I've always enjoyed reading noir.  Dark, ironic mysteries are a good read to me.  Since this collection includes old classics as well as some new stories, I knew it would be good.Akashic Books sent me an ARC of the book for review (thank you).  It has been published, so check with your local bookstore for a copy.This book contains classic reprints from: Harry Stephen Keeler, Sherwood Anderson, Max Allan Collins, Richard Wright, Nelson Algren, Fredric Brown, Patricia Highsmith, Barry Gifford, Stuart M. Kaminsky, Libby Fischer Hellmann, Sara Paretsky, Percy Spurlark Parker, Sandra Cisneros, Hugh Holton, and Stuart Dybek.I wasn't disappointed Read More
  • from Books Tell You Why

    What Grazia Deledda Can Teach Us About Contemporary Fiction

    Sun, 27 Sep 2015 08:00:00 Permalink
    Before Elena Ferrante, there was Grazia Deledda. Yet the considerable fame Ferrante has accrued in the past few years is likely eclipsed by that which Deledda had in her lifetime. Once infamous on her home island of Sardinia, she became a national treasure almost overnight. Deledda won the Nobel Prize in 1926, making her the second woman (and Italian) to do so. Visitors and reporters flooded her house in the following weeks. Benito Mussolini, who was just beginning to inaugurate fascist Italy, adored her. He even planned to present an autographed portrait of himself to the author, signed: “with profound Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    Brilliant by Roddy Doyle

    Sat, 26 Sep 2015 10:00:00 Permalink
    No one is happy anymore.  Something has stolen Dublin's funny bone...Amulet Books sent me an ARC of this book for review (thank you).  It has been published so you can find a copy now.It seems the wind blew in a very dark cloud that turned into a big black dog on the streets at night.  You could hardly see it, but it went around stealing laughter and harmony from all the people living there.  The adults really got affected.  The children decided to do something about it.A sister and brother lead the pack.  They're worried about their Uncle Ben and Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    Young-hee and the Pullocho by Mark James Russell

    Sat, 26 Sep 2015 09:00:00 Permalink
    Young-hee has a responsibility.  She has to watch over her younger brother.  That gets a lot harder when a nasty goblin captures him by offering him a tasty treat and binds him for a year as a slave.  What's she going to tell her mother?Tuttle Publishing and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book (thank you).  It has been published, so you can get a copy now.This is a Korean fairy tale with several mini fairy tales told along the way.  All the mythical creatures appear, none of them are terribly honest or terribly nice, but Young-hee is Read More
  • from Books Tell You Why

    The Dramatic Wasteland: T.S Eliot's Forgotten Plays

    Sat, 26 Sep 2015 08:00:00 Permalink
    “What we have to do is to bring poetry into the world in which the audience lives and to which it returns when it leaves the theatre.” — T.S. Eliot Nobel Prize-winning poet T.S. Eliot has an influence that is likely too large and too all-encompassing to be measured. It includes nearly every poet who has come after him and some who came before, from Ezra Pound (whose own later work would come to draw influence from that of his protégé) to Billy Collins. What fewer people realize, however, is that Eliot’s influence extended beyond verse and into drama. Indeed, Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    Jim Butcher's Dresden Files: Down Town by Jim Butcher, Mark Powers

    Fri, 25 Sep 2015 10:00:00 Permalink
    It was just a normal day at the pawnshop until the monster arrived and killed him...Dynamite Entertainment and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published October 13th.  You'll want to get a copy then.  I just found this author and he writes mean tales with supernatural elements and lots of excitement.  You won't want to miss it.Graphic novels are still like a secret pleasure for me.  I always read comics, but they were so short.  Now publishers are bringing several out in one edition so you can take in the whole story Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    Westly: A Spider's Tale by Bryan Beus

    Fri, 25 Sep 2015 09:00:00 Permalink
    Westly is really excited.  It's time for the cocoons to hatch and he'll be a beautiful Monarch butterfly like his father the king.  He can then take on his princely duties and ready himself for his upcoming kingship.  That's all ruined when the cocoon cracks open and he suddenly has eight legs and no wings...Shadow Mountain and Edelweiss gave the me the opportunity to read this book (thank you).  It will be published September 29th so you can get a copy then.This is tale of friendship, lessons learned, and disaster, too.  Poor Westly doesn't even know what he is, he Read More
  • from Books Tell You Why

    Yoknapatawpha County and Faulkner's Snopes Trilogy

    Fri, 25 Sep 2015 08:00:00 Permalink
    The author himself once referred to it as “my apocryphal county.” A Frankensteinian creation of two very real regions, Yoknapatawpha County is home to a number of William Faulkner's most famous novels and stories, including the famed Snopes family trilogy, which features the novels The Hamlet (1940), The Town (1957), and The Mansion (1959). Faulkner’s fictional county is a landscape fraught with struggle and conflict, a place of drifters and vagrants, the morally apathetic and the socioeconomically disenfranchised. It’s a region of extreme racial tension and inequality, with a storied history of slavery, succession, KKK activity, Jim Crow laws, and discrimination.  Which Read More
  • from Gothica Books

    Archeologist to talk of CT vampires in Derby

    Fri, 25 Sep 2015 06:40:53 Permalink
    Throughout the 19th century, graves of those believed undead would be dug up, the chest cavity of the deceased broken open, the heart removed and burned, and the skull and leg bones dislodged and rearranged. Nicholas Bellantoni, emeritus state archeologist, will talk about the history and mythologies of vampires in the “Nutmeg State,” focusing on […] Read More
  • from Gothica Books

    CfP: Wharton and the Culture of the Monthly Magazine | The Gothic Imagination

    Thu, 24 Sep 2015 10:48:45 Permalink
    Source: CfP: Wharton and the Culture of the Monthly Magazine | The Gothic Imagination Read More
  • from Gothica Books

    Monster 'knit off' part of this year's Gothic Manchester Festival · News · Manchester Metropolitan University

    Thu, 24 Sep 2015 10:47:47 Permalink
    H.P. Lovecraft’s monstrous creation Cthuhlu first appeared in the short story The Call of Cthuhlu, published in 1928. Source: Monster ‘knit off’ part of this year’s Gothic Manchester Festival · News · Manchester Metropolitan University Read More
  • from Gothica Books

    Gothic Gold: The Sadleir-Black Gothic Collection by Frederick S. Frank | Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library

    Thu, 24 Sep 2015 10:45:32 Permalink
    Gothic Gold: The Sadleir-Black Gothic Collection by Frederick S. Frank Source: Gothic Gold: The Sadleir-Black Gothic Collection by Frederick S. Frank | Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    Seaside by Wylde Scott

    Thu, 24 Sep 2015 10:00:00 Permalink
    Every child wants a pet and usually has one.  But who makes friends with a baby octopus?Wylde Press and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It has been published, so you can get a copy now.The story begins with Bobby, who desperately wants to be one of Blackbeard's Boys.  He's taken on the challenge to swim to the lighthouse, but he's not going to make it.  When he finds himself on the island, he's amazed.  The old lighthouse keeper takes him in, warms up and feeds him, tells him stories and then helps him Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    Fuzz McFlops by Eva Furnari, Alison Entrekin

    Thu, 24 Sep 2015 09:00:00 Permalink
    Fuzz has one ear shorter than the other.  He just stays home and writes poetry and some children's books.  He doesn't want to go out in public.Pushkin Children's Books and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be available October 13th.When Fuzz gets a fancy letter with a bow on it, he decides to read it.  At first he's pleased, it appears to be a fan letter.  Then she has the gall to tell him she thinks it's depressing and here's how he should write it!  He's angry at the criticism.  But then he Read More
  • from Tavistock Books

    Happy Birthday, F. Scott Fitzgerald!

    Thu, 24 Sep 2015 08:36:13 Permalink
    September 24th is the anniversary of the birth of one of the most well-known Western writers of the 20th century. Notice I did not say one of the most prolific writers in history, as this novelist only published 4 titles throughout his (unfortunately brief) lifetime. However, it must be said that though these titles garnered […] Read More
  • from Books Tell You Why

    Five Interesting Facts About F. Scott Fitzgerald

    Thu, 24 Sep 2015 08:00:00 Permalink
    Chief expositor of the "Jazz Age," F. Scott Fitzgerald's name has become synonymous with the 1910s, '20s, and '30s. No other literary figure proffers the pictures of that generation like Fitzgerald does through his four novels and numerous short stories. Born in 1896, the experience of his characters in the first few decades of the twentieth century is largely contemporaneous with his own. Even outside of This Side of Paradise, explicitly described by the author as semi-autobiographical, rarely can we find a story of Fitzgerald's not permeated with similar autobiography: in fact, we often times see very obvious correlations between Fitzgerald's Read More
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